Spotlight

‘No other place for me to be’

It took just one semester at Carolina and Amaya Martinez Mesa felt like she was home. “My first semester at North Carolina was definitely a tough transition away from my family and everything I knew,” said Martinez Mesa, “but after that first semester, I felt like I was at home and there was no other…

Defeating finals stress with fur and sprinkles

When the stress from final exams gets to be too much, Carolina students are finding some furry ways to decompress. Campus Health Services and UNC Libraries arranged for therapy dogs, cats and ponies, at different times, naturally, to come to campus over the past week to help students relax during a typically demanding time of…

Well Said: Satish Gopal

In this week’s episode, we talk about UNC-Project Mawali and the upcoming Winter Commencement with Gopal, UNC Project-Malawi’s cancer program director and this year’s commencement speaker.

Winter graduate continues to serve

For 10 years, Rick Cowan served as an Army medic — both in the line of fire and at combat support hospitals in Iraq — conducting life-saving and essential medical care to more than 1,000 battlefield causalities. But when he returned to civilian life in 2013, he found his options were limited. He was qualified…

Service experiences lead to dream career

For December graduate Analisa Sorrells, experiences in public service at Carolina led her to her dream career path – one of giving back and helping others. “When I arrived at Carolina, I immediately got involved with Tar Heel TABLE and the Buckley Public Service Scholars program,” said Sorrells of Windermere, Florida. “I was set on studying nutrition.…

Blending comedy and academia

Most professors expect students to use proper grammar in their classes, but in English 307, students are encouraged not to. The class is a grammar class. Students learn concepts such as parts of speech, double negatives and malapropisms, but as they learn them, they also are required to incorporate them into sketch comedy. Grammar as sketch…

Well Said: Early childhood education

In this week’s episode, we’re talking about the importance of high-quality early childhood education and research done at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute with Margaret Burchinal, a research scientist at the institute and a research professor in developmental psychology.

Carolina grad named Schwarzman scholar

Min Yang, a 2015 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman. This innovative master’s degree program supports study at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and bridges…

Carolina research exceeds $1 billion annually for first time

UNC-Chapel Hill has surpassed, for the first time, $1 billion in annual research expenditures, according to the nation’s annual Higher Education Research and Development survey. This news continues Carolina’s decade-long rise as one of the world’s top universities for sponsored research. The latest survey covers fiscal year 2016 and was released on Nov. 30. Carolina ranked…